We all know that it is important to have ID tags on our pets but how many of us don't have them? Be honest. VFA is committed to helping families get lost and missing pets back home. Since 2006, we have offered low cost microchipping and continue to encourage it. But we all know that ID tags on our pets will help get them even faster, many times by passing the Shelter altogether. To help encourage getting our pets properly tagged, VFA recently purchased an engraving machine. Now you can stop by the Shelter during our adoption hours to have a personalized ID tag engraved while you wait. All we are asking is for is a donation for the tag and to go home and get the tag on your pet. We are also encouraging you to put collars and ID tags on your cats, including indoor cats. No one plans for our cats and dogs to escape the house or yard, so please plan ahead! 

Charlie's Story

Charlie got to go on a camping trip with us because he has anxiety when he's left alone.  The first morning in northern Michigan Charlie blasted out of the camper and ran around the campground and on up the trail along the river.  He disappeared at 7:30 a.m.  We looked for him all day and walked the trails calling him but there was no sign of him.  I drove 35 miles to town to report him missing to the DNR station.  They seemed confident that if someone found Charlie they would contact us.  Charlie was wearing a tag with my phone number engraved on it.  I had just made one for him before we left on our trip.  Cell service is spotty in the UP of Michigan and I had to keep driving out to the highway to check for voicemails while Rich continued walking the trails.  I had just begun to think we'd never see Charlie again when I got a call from the person who had found my dog.  Microchips are great but the nearest vet or animal shelter was 35 miles away so even if the finder was willing and able to take Charlie there to be scanned it would have delayed his homecoming.  Put a tag on your dog today!





Volunteers For Animals is now offering microchipping to the public.  The cost of the microchipping is $35 per animal which includes the injection, a collar id tag and free lifetime, national registration with FoundAnimals.org. A local vet's office does the paperwork and insertion for VFA.

You will need to make an appointment at a local vet's office, The Dog and Cat Surgery & Wellness Center in Batavia, to have the insertion of the microchip done. Their number is 585-219-4404. They will have you complete the registration form and pay a $30 fee for the microchip. You must have an email address for registration purposes. Accepted payment is either cash or checks (made out to Volunteers For Animals), sorry no credit cards. There is a $5 insertion fee which needs to be cash. Each dog or cat must be accompanied by someone who can control it. Cats MUST be in carriers. The trained staff will then insert the microchip, check that the microchip is properly placed and email your registration form with your pet's unique microchip number attached. If you have questions, just drop us an email.


What is a microchip?


The microchip is a tiny computer chip which has an identification number programmed into it and is encapsulated within a biocompatible material. The whole device is small enough to fit inside a hypodermic needle and can be simply injected under the skin of our pets, where it will stay for the life of the animal. This provides a permanent, positive identification which cannot be lost, altered or intentionally removed - a safe, simple and inexpensive way to protect your pet against loss or theft.

The computer memory in the microchip contains a unique number - no two animals will ever have the same number. A radio signal is used to read this number through the skin of your pet. It is routine for animal shelters and veterinarian offices to scan pets for microchips.

For more detailed information on FoundAnimals.org click here.